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HIV Risk After Piercing

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Body piercings and the risk for HIV

Is there an increased risk of HIV transmission during the period of time it takes for body piercingss (particularly genital and tongue piercings) to heal? Since a piercing is, in effect, an open wound I'm assuming that there is an increased risk,...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...for your question. If you have a body piercing (genital, tongue, nipple, etc.), during the time that healing takes place, the risk of infection for HIV, certain other STDs, and various bacterial infections, is increased until the piercings have... Read more »

Angry, bloody nipple piercing risk

Hi. I've checked out other posts about piercings, but none of them seem to be from the perspective... Read more »

Piercing risk?

I just recently got my nose pierced. The place is really clean and reputable, but when the guy... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Warning Over the Dangers of Body Piercing

... Over the warmer months in Australia, doctors anticipate the usual seasonal spike in piercing-related infections, and now they are offering advice on how to avoid them. Less-than-sterile conditions can lead to the Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: 2,000 Told of Disease Risk From Tattoos, Piercings

... The Durham Region Health Department said Thursday it closed an Oshawa tattoo and body piercing shop, Longhorn Custom Bodyart, due to the risks to patrons of viral hepatitis and HIV transmission. Health inspectors discovered Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...cases of HIV transmission from performing oral sex on a person infected with HIV. While no one knows exactly what the degree of risk is, evidence suggests that the risk is less than that of unprotected anal or vaginal sex. If the person... Read more »
Black AIDS Institute

When You Know Better, You Do Better, Part 3

...or messages target them, which helps perpetuate the myth that they are not in the line of fire. Are Straight Black Men at Risk of HIV Infection? According to recent estimates, one in 22 Black Americans -- including one in 16 Black men --... Read more »
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Body piercing!?!?

Posted by dotman32, 5 Replies
...have thoughts about how wise it is to get a new piercing. I have 2 already .. interested in a 3rd .. but concerned about the risk of infection & activating the immune system. I suppose common sense would say don't do it. But I'd like to. ... Read more »

I'm extremely worried!

Posted by 1234lan, 1 Reply
...Hi! I have no idea if my risk is high or low so can some one help me? I was at a rave about two months ago and I had my tongue pierced for about 6 weeks at the time. At one point I was playing with my tongue ring and it fell out and broke. I was... Read more »

Tattoo and body piercing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hello my friends. I have a question. Can you get hiv from body piercing or tattoo? I had unprotected sex with someone who had tattoos on his hands. What is the % of infected people who got the disease Read more »

pierced

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...bag? how easy would it be to slip a fast one, like before i got in there? does anyone here have knowledge about the design of piercing needles and if the needle is going in, would the contents inside of the needle stay in the needle from force?... Read more »